Earth Day

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Earth Day is celebrated annually every 22nd of April.

Earth Day is a worldwide celebration held annually on April 22, dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of awareness for the conservation of the environment. It was originally founded in 1970 in the United States by Senator Gaylord Nelson. Today, Earth Day is celebrated in many countries.

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History

Concerned by the effects of industrialization on the environment and believing that these issues needed to be seriously addressed in the political arena, Gaylord Nelson approached US president John F. Kennedy in 1962 with the idea of doing a conservation tour to raise awareness. While the tour was not very successful, Nelson continued to speak about environmental issues around the country.

In 1969, Nelson was inspired by anti-Vietnam War protests called "teach-ins" that had become widespread in college campuses all over the country. He decided to start a similar grass-roots movement to enable the public to express their concerns about the environment and get the attention of politicians. The movement received great public support, leading to the first Earth Day celebration held on April 22, 1970.

Earth Day in the Philippines

In the middle of 1980s, several individual groups started to observe Earth Day. Mark Dubois of Earth Day Network International (EDNI), however, visited the country in the late 1990s and encouraged the local groups to have a more organized celebration of the event, which resulted to the convergence of individuals, organizations, corporations, and government agencies that formed the local counterpart of EDNI — Earth Day Network Philippines — that organizes the annual Earth Day events in the country.

On April 16, 1990, President Corazon C. Aquino issued Proclamation No. 553, officially mandating April 22 of every year as Earth Day in the Philippines.

40th anniversary

On 22 April 2010, 190 countries are participating in the 40th anniversary celebration of Earth Day. In the Philippines, this year's theme is: “Hamon ng Panahon: Climate Change, 10 Milyung Solusyon (Kilos na! Ngayon na!),” with several activities lined up to commemorate and encourage involvement in the conservation of the Earth.

One highlight of the celebration is the launch of the 10 Million Movement (10MM) that intends to amass 10 million commitments of action to save the environment. The said project will be launched by the Earth Day Network Philippines (EDNP) with 2009 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Atty. Tony Oposa. Sign-up booths will be set up in SM malls to disseminate information on the project. [1]

Aside from the action commitment campaign, EDNP has prepared the following series of activities across the Philippines that started on February and will end on 23 April. [2]

Pre-Earth Day 2010

  • Open a Coca-Cola and Help Send a Child to School
  • Earth Day at Kapihan sa Sulo Hotel, Quezon City (6 February)
  • Green Conference 2010, Quezon Memorial Circle (20 February)
  • Courtesy Call on His Eminence Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, D.D., Intramuros (21 February)
  • Environmental Workshop, Palauig Eco Village (27 February)
  • Earth Day 2010 Kick off Activity, Makati City (March)
    • Launch of Photo Contest
    • Launch of the Most “Green” Floor/Department/Group Contest
  • Launch of the 10 Million Movement website, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Main Building (15 March)
  • Forum on Renewable Energy Solutions at Home and in the Office, Makati City (19 March)
  • 10 Million Movement sign-up kick-off in SM Malls (19 March)
  • Earth Day 2010 Official kick–off (23 March)
  • Earth Hour 2010, key cities nationwide (27 March)
  • Earth Day Party for Kids, Makati City (8 April)
  • Earth Day Fun Run (17 April)
  • Earth Smash Badminton Tournament 2010 (17 April)
  • Sandiwang Inter-faith Groups Gathering, Marikina Riverbanks Amphitheater (18 April)
  • 12th Tour of the Fireflies, Metro Manila (18 April)

Earth Day 2010

  • Earth Day 2010 Main Event, SM Mall of Asia (22 April)
    • State of the Philippine Environment Address by DENR Secretary
    • Semi Finals of MusiKalikasan
    • Presentation of the 10 Million Acts of Green
    • Zero Basura Olympics – Business Awarding
    • DENR-EMB Junk Art Contest Awarding
  • Pasig River Fluvial Parade
  • Cultural Center of the Philippines Earth Day Celebration (22 April)
  • Dipolog City Earth Day 2010 Celebration (22 April)
  • Mangrove Reforestation Program, Bataan

Post-Earth Day 2010

  • Aani Organic Farming Event, Quezon City (19 – 23 April)
  • Environmental Film Showing, Makati City (22 – 23 April)
  • Earth Jam 2010, Quezon City (23 April)
  • Enchanted Earth Festival (23 – 24 April)
  • Saving Planet Earth Expo and Conference, Trinoma Mall (23 – 25 April)


On 18 April, the National Geographic Channel will hold the Earth Day Run 2010, a fund-raising race for Design Against the Elements, a global architectural design contest that aims to provide a solution to the problems caused by climate change at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City. [3]

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References

  1. ^ "Peña: Earth Day 2010," SunStar Pampanga (accessed 16 March 2010)
  2. ^ "Earth Day 2010 National Registry of Events," Earth Day Network Philippines (accessed 16 March 2010)
  3. ^ "NatGeo holds Earth Day run," Philippine Daily Inquirer Sports (accessed 16 March 2010)

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